The Fantastic Seashell of the Mind

The Architecture of Mark Mills 


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SpecificationsSKU: 90602Size: 7″ x 11″, portrait Pages: 208 Binding: Hardbound, exposed thread binding Publication Date: August 2017 ISBN: 978-1-939621-39-9 World Rights: Available
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From 1944 to 1948, Mark Mills apprenticed to Frank Lloyd Wright. When he heard Wright say that seashells are nature’s perfect architecture, Mark made that idea an element of his life’s work. As seashells shape themselves to meet the needs of their inhabitants, so Mark designed structural roof systems that sheltered his homes and framed the lives of the owners. An architectural engineer before he trained with Wright, Mark Mills blended structural principles with forms from nature to create his own visionary designs.

The Fantastic Seashell of the Mind is thoughtfully illustrated with archival photographs and fresh images. The book includes Mark’s own comments about his designs, together with insights from his wife and several of the original clients of the houses in the book.

Janey Bennett is an architectural historian and award-winning novelist (The Pale Surface of Things). She first wrote about Mark Mills’ architecture in 1993 for The Journal of Taliesin Fellows. The structural elegance of Mills’ architecture stayed with her and, after Mills died, she felt she had to record his important work with a larger and more thorough publication.

Michael Mathers has been photographing architecture for more than thirty years. His images are featured in Ranches of the American West, Desert Retreats, and Northwest Style. He wrote and and photographed Sheepherders: Men Alone and Riding the Rails. His work has also appeared frequently in the New York Times Magazine, Architecture, Fine Homebuilding, and Dwell.

Kodiak Greenwood graduated with honors from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA. His photography has appeared in National Geographic, Adventure, Conde Nast Traveler, the New York Times Magazine, Travel & Leisure, Patagonia, and more. He has won several awards, including the Fujifilm Photo Competition award.

Bill Sosin is an award-winning photographer who designs books for other photographers, inluding Doug Busch, James Caulfield, Dennis Menarchy, Peter Elliott, Sandro Miller, Dave Jordano, and others. His most recent architectural book design was for James Caulfield’s and Patrick F. Cannon’s The Design Within: Inside Great Chicago Buildings (Pomegranate).

Fantastic Seashell of the Mind Wins Next Generation Indie Book Award in Memoirs (Historical, Legacy, Career) Category

The Fantastic Seashell of the Mind Wins Indie Book Awards Category: Memoirs (Historical/Legacy/Career)

Western Art & Architecture Magazine recommends The Fantastic Seashell of the Mind

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 8 × 2 in

7" x 11", portrait




Hardbound, exposed thread binding

Publication date

August 2017



World rights